Congress Theatre

2931 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20032

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Congress Theatre

This long-shuttered Congress Heights neighborhood movie house, opened on December 30, 1939 with Bob Hope in “Double or Nothing”. It was designed by noted theater architect John J. Zink in Moderne style, is located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE (formerly Nichols Avenue) near Mellon Street.

The Congress Theatre has been listed for several years on the “Most Endangered Places” list of the DC Preservation League.

It is currently in use as a liquor store.

Contributed by Bryan

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MediaQueen on March 22, 2005 at 8:16 pm

This theater was converted into a liquor store! My mother took me and my siblings to the movie house during the late 60s and early 70s when it was called “Congress Heights” theater. “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” and Disney’s “Bedknobs & Broomsticks” are two films I recall seeing there.

JackCoursey on February 2, 2008 at 7:32 am

Here and here are photos from January 2008 of the former Congress Theatre.

NaylorFan on February 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Circa 1949 Photo

rivest266 on June 21, 2015 at 8:36 am

This opened on December 30th, 1937. Picture enclosed

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